Top laptops for teenagers in early 2012
Chromebook, Netbook, 13 inch laptop, Macbook?
When you’re deciding to get a teenager a laptop, there are bascially four types of laptops you might end up getting, though there is some overlap in my categories here:
The classic easy to carry around and good enough for email, wikipedia and typing laptop is the netbook. Netbooks are characterized by 9, 10 or 11 inch screens and low end hardware.
The 2011 alternative to the netbook is the Chromebook: the Google laptop that does everything different: everything goes online.
Personally I prefer a 13 inch laptop: not quite a netbook, and the hardware is just a tad bit better too. You can find a 13 inch laptop with a full featured Windows 7 operating system.
If you or your teen is an Apple fan, they’ll love getting a Macbook. They start at 11 inch.[...]